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The Hunger Games Surpasses Harry Potter As Amazon Best Selling Book Series

The Hunger Games trilogy has beaten the Harry Potter series to the top as the best selling book series in Amazon!

It is absolutely fascinating to note that the trilogy has surpassed the seven-book series in terms of sales in Amazon, inclusive of prints and ebooks on Kindle. This marks the great success of the trilogy!

Keep supporting the Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

The official press release from Amazon is as follows:

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 17, 2012– (NASDAQ: AMZN)- Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that the Hunger Games trilogy has outsold the seven-book Harry Potter series, making Suzanne Collins’ three-part saga the best-selling book series of all time onAmazon.com, taking into consideration print and Kindle book sales combined. All of the books in the Hunger Games and Harry Potterseries are available for Kindle owners with a Prime membership to borrow for free in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle, Amazon.com. “Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time. Customers love these books and all three titles are consistently on our Top 10 lists in both print and Kindle formats, and ‘The Hunger Games’ is also the most-borrowed book in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”

“The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” are published by Scholastic, and are all currently in the top 50 books in both print and Kindle formats. For more details, visit the Top 100 Best Seller lists here:

The Hunger Games movie debuts on DVD, Blu-ray and Amazon Instant Video tomorrow, August 18. All customers who pre-order the DVD, Blu-ray or digital version can watch it instantly on Amazon Instant Video starting shortly after midnight. To pre-order now visit www.amazon.com/thehungergames.

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and DVD and Blu-Ray are now available for purchase at stores island-wide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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Panem Map Reveal By Funtactix And Lionsgate In The Hunger Games Adventures

One of the most asked questions in The Hunger Games fandom got to be what does the Panem map looks like? While we do know Panem is located in the ruins of North American, specific locations of the Districts and Capitol were not given in the books which left fans making up their own Panem maps.

Now for the first time, fans will get to see the official Panem map which is revealed by Funtactix and Lionsgate in the official Facebook social game, The Hunger Games Adventures.

Check out the promotional screenshot below where you can see the locations of District 12 and the Capitol. Meanwhile in The Hunger Games Adventures, locations for District 2 and 11 are also waiting to be unlocked.

Actual populated District locations are labelled with a star as seen in the promotional shot below.

For more information, take a look at the press release from Funtactix and Lionsgate:

 

FUNTACTIX AND LIONSGATE REVEAL NEW MAP OF PANEM INSIDE THE HUNGER GAMES ADVENTURES

 

Funtactix, a worldwide developer and publisher of social games based on the world’s premier box office films, in partnership with Lionsgate, yesterday revealed an exciting new addition to The Hunger Games Adventures, one of the hottest social games on the Facebook platform. This landmark release offers an exclusive look at a new map of Panem. The map is one of the most anticipated updates to the game and arrives as part of a series of new content reveals leading up to the DVD release of the film on August 18.

 

For the first time, Hunger Games fans can use the new map of Panem as they explore the world of the film and novel, complete quests for their favorite heroes and unlock all-new stories inside the world they love. Thus far, the epic adventures of the game have led fans to the Capitol, District 12, District 11 and, most recently, District 2. In the coming months, new districts will be revealed exclusively through the new map, along with an exciting storyline that will take players on a journey from obscure citizen of District 12 to a hero capable of unlocking Panem’s deepest secrets.

 

Since launch, Funtactix and Lionsgate have continued to work together to provide the game’s audience with a steady flow of fresh, dynamic content, using Facebook to continue the story of The Hunger Games universe in between film releases. With over a million players and growing, fans continue to devour assets and game play almost as soon as the weekly chapter updates go live.

 

For more information on the game, please visit The Hunger Games Adventures Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesAdventures

To download and view a screenshot of the map along with new screenshots of the game, please go to:

http://bhimpact.gamespress.com/product_page.asp?i=1269

 

About The Hunger Games Adventures

The Hunger Games Adventures is an epic adventure game for Facebook based on the novel and film The Hunger Games.

 

When the games end, the adventure begins!

 

Panem needs you!  Embark on a daring adventure beyond the fence of District 12 accompanied by your most trusted Facebook friends and your favorite characters from The Hunger Games. Explore Suzanne Collins’ epic universe alongside Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the other characters of the novels and film. Hunt and trap in the wilderness outside the fence, then bring it back to trade in The Hob. Visit Peeta’s Bakery, The Seam, the Justice Building and then escape from it all to a secret forest hideout that is exclusively yours. Escape from District 12 and explore Panem, meeting Cinna, Effie, Seneca, Thresh, Rue and a host of other characters. Join the rest of the fans and your Facebook friends as new adventures, districts and the official map of Panem are unveiled inside the game.

 

Twitter: @THGAdventures

Game Website: www.TheHungerGamesAdventures.com

Film Website: www.TheHungerGamesMovie.com

Play the Game: www.PlayTHGA.com

Visit The Hunger Games Adventures now and help to unlock the other District locations on Panem map!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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VIDEOS: LeBron James Reading “The Hunger Games” And Catching Fire

It appears American professional basketball player, LeBron James, has a habit of reading before games. He was spotted reading “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire” in another video.

Here’s a video of him reading “The Hunger Games”.

Here’s a video of him reading “Catching Fire”.

Check out ‘The Hunger Games’ short story contest, costume art contest and ‘The Hunger Games’ event!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is scheduled for release on 22 November 2013 in USA.

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Via Hunger Games Poland.

The New York Times: Do It Yourself Mockingjays Now Possible?

Is it possible that we can actually create our own Mockingjays?

The New York Times explores the possibility of this happening in this interesting article.

The Hunger Games Official Teaser Movie Poster

Setting aside whether jays could actually breed with mockingbirds — this is a kind of fairy tale, after all — the choice of species rings true. Jays, along with crows and ravens, belong to a highly intelligent group of birds called the corvids. And jays are naturally thieves and spies, keeping track of where other jays hide food, for example, to raid it later. Mockingbirds, of course, have a fantastic ability to mimic other birds’ songs. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Thomas Jefferson, a lover of both birds and liberty, kept a pet mockingbird in the White House.

I asked Joan Slonczewski, a microbiologist and science fiction writer at Kenyon College in Ohio, about her take on the mockingjay. Dr. Slonczewski, whose recent books include a text and a novel, “The Highest Frontier,” teaches a course called “Biology in Science Fiction.” The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. “Now anybody can do a start-up,” she said.

That’s no exaggeration. Do-it-yourself biology is growing. The technology to copy pieces of DNA can be bought on eBay for a few hundred dollars, as Carl Zimmer reported in The New York Times in March. As to where D.I.Y. biology may lead, Freeman Dyson, a thinker at the Institute for Advanced Study known for his provocative ideas, presented one view in 2007 in The New York Review of Books. He envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to “an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.”

Eventually, he wrote, the mixing of genes by humans will initiate a new stage in evolution. Along the way, if he is right, the world may have more than its share of do-it-yourself mockingjays.

You can visit The New York Times for the full article.

Check out ‘The Hunger Games’ short story contest, costume art contest and ‘The Hunger Games’ event!

‘The Hunger Games’, rated PG13, was released on 22 March 2012 and is now available in all cinemas islandwide.

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Suzanne Collins: One of the Most Powerful Moms of 2012

Suzanne Collins

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Working Mother compiled a list of women who have made (and are still making) a major impact on various fields such as social networking, technology, showbiz, etc. Our beloved Suzanne Collins has made the list as the Most Powerful Mom: Children’s Literature Star!

Suzanne Collins

Most Powerful Mom: Children’s Literature Star

Author

Children: Son, 17, Daughter, 12

Suzanne Collins seems ubiquitous these days, with the kid-lit mantle proverbially passed to her by J.K. Rowling. Her bestselling book series, The Hunger Games trilogy, is still breaking records; and now there’s a blockbuster movie inspired by the first book—with more to come. Collins began her career working for children’s television, ultimately  becoming the head writer for the PBS show Clifford’s Puppy Days. She also wrote children’s books including The Underland Chronicles and When Charlie McButton Lost Power.

Congratulations to Suzanne for making the list!

The entire Hunger Games Singapore staff would also like to wish all mothers a very happy and joyous Mother’s Day!

Check out the entire list of Most Powerful Moms Here.

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Sources: Working Mother, Mockingjay.net via HGGirlOnFire.

 

‘The Hunger Games’ Topping Sales In Books Kinokuniya And BookWeb Singapore

Though we are 63 days away from the release of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie in Singapore, ‘The Hunger Games’ movie buzz is slowly building and spreading in Singapore. With the mouth of word as well as bookstores such as Times and Kinokuniya promoting ‘The Hunger Games’ with ‘The Hunger Games’ teaser poster board placed in strategical places which will attract readers to buy the books even if they have never heard of it before.

It’s apparent that the promotions and movie buzz are helping the sales for ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy are slowing creeping up on the sale charts for both Books Kinokuniya as well as BookWeb Singapore which is operated by Books Kinokuniya.

‘The Hunger Games’ is topping Children sales chart in Books Kinokuniya with ‘Catching Fire’ at Number 3, ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy UK children edition box set at Number 4 and ‘Mockingjay’ at Number 5.

On the other hand, while ‘The Hunger Games’ is topping the chart in BookWeb Singapore, ‘Catching Fire’ is ranked at Number 4 while ‘Mockingjay’ is not found on the list.

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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‘The Hunger Games’ UK Adult Edition Tops Kinokuniya English Books Weekly Bestsellers

While ‘The Hunger Games’ is topping many of the overseas books best selling lists such as those by New York Times and USA Today, ‘The Hunger Games’ movie buzz is certainly helping to sell ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy in Singapore too for the UK adult edition of ‘The Hunger Games’ has topped BookWeb Singapore by Books Kinokuniya English books weekly bestsellers list.

Kinokuniya BookWeb Singapore English books weekly bestsellers on Jan 9 2012

UK adult edition of ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’ are also doing pretty well on the list by acquiring the 4th and 5th place respectively.

‘The Hunger Games’ movie will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Tops USA Today’s Best Selling Books List For 2 Consecutive Weeks

Remember we had reported that ‘The Hunger Games’ has topped USA Today’s Best Selling Books list for the very first time?

We are please to say that ‘The Hunger Games’ has managed to hold the Number 1 position for the two consecutive weeks!

Click on the image below for a better look at the rankings for this week!

USA Today's Best Selling List Top 10 on January 5, 2012

Besides that, ‘Catching Fire’ has also made quite a jump from Number 7 last week to Number 2 this week. ‘Mockingjay’ has also shifted up from Number 8 last week to Number 4 this week.

Judging by the positions, it appears more and more people are reading not only ‘The Hunger Games’ but also are compelled to read the whole trilogy.

We certainly hope more people will read it with more exposure and promotions for ‘The Hunger Games’ going on as we get nearer and nearer to the release of ‘The Hunger Games’ movie!

Congratulations to Suzanne Collins and Scholastic!

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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Source: Book Buzz via Down With The Capitol.

‘The Hunger Games’ Chosen For One Book, One Barrington Event

In the second year of Barrington Area Library’s One Book, One Barrington event, they had chosen ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins to be the book they will encourage “the entire community to read and discuss the same book.”

Why did Barrington Area Library chose ‘The Hunger Games’ out of so many books in their collection? Here’s what they have to say:

“We actually had a lot of reasons for choosing it,” said Liz Kirchhoff, adult services librarian. “… We thought we’d get a different experience, maybe open up a new book club experience for people.”

Adult services librarian, Liz Kirchhoff, has also revealed that “a couple hundred people participated in One Book, One Barrington last year and anticipates the program to be as popular this year, especially since Lionsgate Entertainment’s film version of “The Hunger Games” is slated for release March 23.”

Head over to Barrington Courier-Review to read the full story.

We don’t know about you but we are really happy to see a chance of getting more people to read and discuss the book. Besides, it would be a great opportunity to wait for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie to be released together too!

Hopefully we will be seeing something like this in our Public Libraries soon!

‘The Hunger Games’ will be released in Singapore on 22 March 2012.

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Suzanne Collins Might Not Be Involved In Writing Process For ‘The Hunger Games’ Companion Books

It was announced that Scholastic will release ‘The Hunger Games’ companion books and we had previously reported about it when 3 of the covers for aforementioned companion books were revealed.

As information for the companion books was not posted previously, many wondered of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy author, Suzanne Collins, will be participating in the writing process for the content of the books. Authors for these companion books are finally posted on Scholastic, Amazon and BookWeb Singapore by Books Kinokuniya.

“The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” listed Emily Seife as the author. According to BookWeb Singapore, “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” is available for pre-order and is priced at S$13.70.

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide

Emily Seife is an associate editor at Scholastic according to The Hob. However it appears that Emily Seife joined Scholastic in 2011 so it is currently uncertain if she was involved in production process for ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy.

Meanwhile, Kate Egan is listed as the author for both “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” (pictured below) and “The World of The Hunger Games” (cover not yet released) on BookWeb Singapore.

The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion

Kate Egan is a freelancer editor who had edited ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. You can read an interview if Kate Egan on ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy over here.

The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” is ready for pre-order on BookWeb Singapore and it is priced at S$ 32.58 while “The World of The Hunger Games” is also ready for pre-order and is priced at S$ 30.86.

“The Hunger Games” movie tie-in novel, “The Hunger Games Tribute Guide” and “The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion” will hit bookstores on February 7, 2012. “The World of The Hunger Games” which the cover is not shown here will be released on March 23, 2012 which is on the same day as the USA release date for “The Hunger Games” movie.

Would you be buying these books even though Suzanne Collins might not be participating in the production process at all?

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